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About the Twenty-Sixth Annual Texas Toot

November 16-18, 2001

It's time for another Texas Toot!

For the past 25 years people have been gathering yearly (or more) to play recorders, violas da gamba, lutes, harps, and other musical instruments at the Texas Toot. We're going to do it again this year, and you're invited to join in the activities.

The 26th annual Texas Toot will be held at Lakeview Conference Center (south of Palestine, TX) on November 16, 17, and 18. There will be instruction on all sorts of instruments; in addition to the ones listed above you will be offered the opportunity to play and study shawm, krummhorn, bagpipe (historical), hurdy-gurdy, sackbut, flute, and pipe & tabor. There will be opportunities to sing, learn to improvise, dance, and party.

The instructors who will be present to help you are of the highest caliber. Most of them have been present at previous Toots and you know them well:

  • Tom Zajac
  • Frances Blaker
  • Becky Baxter
  • Sara Funkhouser
  • Jan Jackson
  • Frank Shirley
  • Bruce Brogdon
  • Danny Johnson
  • Susan Barton
  • Charlie Whitford
  • Bill and Eileen Rees
New to the faculty this year will be
  • Pat Nordstrom
who will teach viola da gamba. The classes will be listed here on the web site soon; check back after October 1 to see what the class choices will be this year.

In addition to classes there will be English country dancing, a faculty concert, refreshments, the Boulder Early Music Shop, group playing, and, of course, The Great Texas Krummhorn Konklave (bigger and better than ever, with some new music, even!).

While we play old (or reproductions of old) instruments, we also keep up with improvements in communications. You may register online, by fax, or by regular mail. We are not yet equipped to take payments by credit card, so all fees must be paid by check.

Please don't miss this Toot. It is a time to renew old friendships and make new ones. The best thing about the Toot is being able to spend a weekend with people who are all afflicted with the same form of mental illness - love of early music and the instruments that can best play it.

General Schedule

  • Friday Evening: Large Group play-in, followed by dancing
  • Friday really late: Pick-up groups
  • Saturday during the day: Classes
  • Saturday Evening: Madrigal singing, Concert, dancing, Krumhorn Konclave
  • Saturday really late: Pick-up groups (or sleep, if you must)
  • Sunday Morning: Sacred Harp singing, Large Group

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